Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

More facts...

  • Oil paintings generally cost less to frame than equally sized prints
  • Lighting on a painting needs to be dimmer at night and brighter during the day
  • Fluorescent lighting causes more fading of artwork than incandescent lighting
  • Most couples do not agree on artwork for their home, initially.
  • Added lighting almost always enhances any painting, regardless of style or color
  • Art has surpassed the stock market in appreciation over the past twenty years

Monday, March 9, 2009

Fun Facts about Artists

. . . Artist Edgar Degas was so fascinated with ballet dancers that he became obsessed with representing them in his art? It is estimated Degas made approximately 1500 paintings, pastels, prints and drawings of dancers.
. . . in 1962 Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa was valued at $100 million? Who knows what it would be worth today!. . . the first pigments used in painting were ground from earth, minerals and organic matter? Pigment is finely-ground coloured powder which, when suspended in a medium such as oil, egg or water, forms paint. Most pigments are now made chemically and are more permanent.
. . . the word 'cartoon' originally comes from painting terminology? The term 'cartoon' relates to a preliminary, but fully worked, sketch from which the outlines could be transferred to be the basis of a design for a fresco or painting.
. . . artist Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) completed nearly 200 still-life paintings in his lifetime? The early 19th century saw a decline in the popularity of Still-life composition. Cezanne's love of the still-life was largely responsible for rekindling its popularity in the late 19th century. Cezanne seemed to revel in its possibilities creating an infinitely varied series of compositions repeatedly using a small set of household objects, along with everyday fruit and vegetables.
. . . The Louvre was originally constructed as the fortress of Philippe Auguste in 1190.
. . . John James Audubon painted 435 watercolours of birds in his life time. He was born on the Carribean island of Santo Domingo in 1784. In 1802 he moved to the United states where he fell in love with the bird life and made it his life's work to paint a picture of every species of bird in America.

Facts provided by: http://www.theartgallery.com.au/DidYouKnow.html

Friday, February 27, 2009

Doodling Can Help Memory

A fascinating fact I just read.  And people wonder why artists doodle at church or in lectures. Well this is why and proof to back it.

- FRIDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- You might look like you're not paying attention when you doodle, but science says otherwise.

Researchers in the United Kingdom found that test subjects who doodled while listening to a recorded message had a 29 percent better recall of the message's details than those who didn't doodle. The findings were published in Applied Cognitive Psychology.

"If someone is doing a boring task, like listening to a dull telephone conversation, they may start to daydream," study researcher Professor Jackie Andrade, of the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, said in a news release issued by the journal's publisher. "Daydreaming distracts them from the task, resulting in poorer performance. A simple task, like doodling, may be sufficient to stop daydreaming without affecting performance on the main task."


In everyday life, Andrade said, doodling "may be something we do because it helps to keep us on track with a boring task, rather than being an unnecessary distraction that we should try to resist doing." 

Continue reading this article at: http://health.yahoo.com/news/healthday/takenotedoodlingcanhelpmemory.html

Some Figure Drawings

Here are a few more figure drawings from last semester's class.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Random Works

Some pleinare up in the mouth of Rock Canyon.

An illustration of wedding day.
Environmental design sketches.

One love of mine is playing softball.

A couple figure drawings

I entered a figure drawing show and these two were accepted into it.  The show is in the HFAC at BYU and it is going up February 16th.

Monday, February 9, 2009


This piece is an illustration  spinning off the nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill.  It goes a little something like this:
Jack and jill went down the hill to fetch a pale of fish,
Jack slipped in and hurt his fin,
and Jill came waddling after.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Head Paintings

ere are some of my paintings from my head painting class.  It goes from top to bottom (oldest on top to newest on bottom). Let me know what you think.

My Art

I've decided to start this blog to get my work out there and get your opinions on it.  I plan to show series of work and my progression throughout.  I can't wait to hear what you guys think of it.
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